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Cafe Cruz

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2621 41st Ave, Soquel, CA 95073-2136
+1 831-476-3801
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Soquel, California
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Cafe Cruz is a local landmark on the food scene. I have been eating there for years and never had a bad experience. Sure it can be incredibly crowded and the bar can be a bit loud... But the food is always good, tasty, and served with a smile. White table cloths, full bar, good local wine list, plus steaks,... More 

Thank soquelanderson
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195 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There really aren't that many good restaurants in Santa Cruz. This was a nice surprise. VERY crowded at lunchtime on a Friday...and yes, the noise level was pretty high. But, the food was good, the service excellent and the prices reasonable. I would return for sure, which is more than I can say about many places. Especially with a reservation.

Thank bl1416
Santa Clara, California
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381 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this neighborhood restaurant in Santa Cruz. The menu was varied and food was delicious. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. Our only issue was the noise level was very high and made it very difficult to hold a conversation. The tables are close to each other as well so a loud table next to yours means you... More 

Thank Alice W
San Francisco, California
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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Cafe Cruz is just off Highway One and its mid-county location in Santa Cruz makes it an almost perfect location to pull off for lunch, if you have reservations. We did and were seated indoors. The lunch menu was fairly extensive and, as one of us was a vegetarian, we asked for the vegan and vegetarian menus as well. Both... More 

Thank Terre2014
Brookings, Oregon
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362 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

we were visiting family in santa cruz and asked where would we like to go to dinner. not knowing of any place, we agreed to be taken to cafe cruz. all i can say, it wasn't our kind of place. we were hard pressed to find something on the menu to our liking. after one at our table received her... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel manager & it lived up to expectations. Service was very good from the moment we walked in. The menu was reasonably diverse & portion sizes were quite large. The ravioli was excellent.

Thank wazandbob
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

The serving sizes were relatively small for the price, but everything else about the restaurant was great. Recommend reservations.

Thank Todd B
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

We had the lovely table in front of the fireplace. Service is always great & so is the food. It's always our go to place for special occasions or just to hook up with friends.

Thank tricia m
United States
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

This bustling local restaurant is my favorite place to go with out of town guests, family, or just a local friend. Selections of beef, poultry, fish, or vegetarian selections makes is an easy choice. The open kitchen with option to sit at the counter adds for a frenetic experience if you want to watch all the action of food prep.... More 

Thank 825michellez
Campbell, California
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

We had a late lunch in the Soquel area, and were lucky to find Café Cruz. The restaurant had a nice ambiance, and a patio for nice days. We ordered the fried artichoke appetizers, potato cheddar bacon soup, and a gorgonzola salad. Everything was excellent.

Thank Ellen72014

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2621 41st Ave, Soquel, CA 95073-2136
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Soquel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-476-3801

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?